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Samsung Galaxy SII – extra instructions

When I wrote the original guide – how-to transfer photos from the Samsung Galaxy SII mobile phone to the computer – I left out the steps that happen on your computer because there are now so many versions of Windows floating around.

Since then I’ve had a number of people emailing me for help on the Windows side of things. The following how-to is for Windows XP users.

Samsung Galaxy SII – the missing Windows XP steps

Important : the following steps can only happen once the Samsung Galaxy SII has been correctly attached to your computer –  i.e. your computer ‘sees’ your phone and can control it in the same way it controls the mouse or keyboard.

Step 1   If all has worked so far, this is the first screen you should see on your computer :

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Click the Next button to continue.

Step 2   The computer should find the pictures on the Samsung and display them.

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Note : The small green checkbox on the top right-hand corner of each individual photo contains a green tick. This indicates the photo has been selected for transfer to your computer. You can uncheck the pictures you don’t want to transfer by clicking the checkbox [it’s like a light switch, click once for on, click a second time for off]. When you are done, click Next.

Step 3   The next screen is to select the folder where you want the transferred photos to go on your computer. The important thing here is to take note of where that folder is so you can find your photos after you have transferred them.

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Click OK to select the folder, and then Next to continue.

Step 4   This screen shows you the folder location on your computer AND it gives you the option to create a family name for all the photos being transferred. So for example, I chose to call them ‘Wedding photos’ so each individual photo will be called Wedding Photo 1, Wedding Photo 2, etc.

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Click Next to continue.

Step 5   When your photos have finished being transferred, you will get the option to do some other task. Just click the ‘Nothing. I’m finished working with these pictures’ button, and then click Next.

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You’ve now finished transferring your photos to your computer, but your Samsung Galaxy SII phone is still connected to your computer by the USB cable. You should now return to the original guide to safely disconnect your phone from the computer. Do NOT just yank the USB cable out!

I am currently using Windows 7 so if anyone is desperate, please email me via the Contacts page and I’ll write a quick post for Windows 7 users as well.

If there are any Windows 8 users out there who would be prepared to take screenshots, and write up a post for their systems, I’d be delighted to link to your posts.

As always, please let me know if you find any mistakes or have any problems. I’d also love to know if there have been any success stories!



How to use the USB cable to transfer photos from the Samsung Galaxy S II to Windows XP

I recently posted a very unhappy article about my Samsung Galaxy S II phone, and how I could not use the USB cable to upload photos from the phone to my pc. Well… now I know how to do it and I thought I’d share.  😀

Before I begin, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the girl at Virgin Mobile who took my call, and walked me through the process with understanding and patience. It took a while so… thank you!

Now, the very first thing you have to do is make sure the Galaxy S II’s USB cord is NOT connected to your pc. If it is, none of the following steps, or screenshots will make any sense. More importantly, the process will not work because there is a strict sequence of events that must happen before you plug in the USB cable. I’m serious. UNPLUG IT!

Step 1. Turn on your Galaxy SII and swipe the screen to unlock it. [I did warn you this would be basic].

Step 2. Tap the ‘Applications’ icon on the main screen

Step 3. Inside the ‘Applications’ menu, tap the ‘Settings’ icon

Step 4. You should now be looking at the Settings menu. Right at the top there should be a category called ‘Wireless and Network’. I have circled it in yellow.

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For some reason known only to Samsung, the name of the category is in very small type and easy to miss.

Under ‘Wireless and Network’ you will see options starting with ‘Wi-Fi’, and ending with ‘More’.  I have circled this in red. Tap ‘More’.

Step 5. Under the  ‘More’ menu you will see a new set of options, including ‘USB utilities’. Tap ‘USB utilities’.

Step 6. Under ‘USB utilities’ you will see just one option – ‘USB mass storage’.

Beneath that you will see an icon telling you to ‘Connect Storage to pc’.

Tap the ‘Connect Storage to pc’ icon as shown below.

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Step 7. Finally, you will see ‘USB utilities – Connect USB cable to use mass storage’.

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At last you can CONNECT THE CABLE!!!!

Once you connect the USB cable from the phone to the pc,  you will hear your pc make a noise to alert you to the fact you have connected a new device.

On the phone, you will see a new screen.

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Step 8. Tap the ‘Turn on USB storage’ icon and then tap the ‘OK’ icon as shown below.

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Step 9. From this point onwards, you will have to follow the Windows Wizard to transfer the photos to the folder of your choice.  These should be fairly easy to follow, however if anyone needs help I can send you the screenshots by email.

Step 10. When you have finished transferring your photos, you will see the following screen on your phone.

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To unmount [or eject] your phone from the pc, look on the taskbar of your pc for the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon [as shown in the following screenshot].

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Step 11. Right click the icon and follow the Windows prompts.

When you see the following Windows message you are ready to go back to the phone for the last step.

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Step 12. On your phone you can now tap the ‘Turn OFF USB storage’ icon as shown in the first graphic under Step 10. And finally, disconnect the USB cable.

Phew. We’re done. The whole process is a bit convoluted but once you get used to it it’s bearable. Just.



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